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Man charged in road rage shooting

A Wichita man has been charged with second-degree murder in a fatal shooting that may not be as simple as it may at first seem. The victim was found dead in the driver's seat of his SUV, shot to death. A passenger in the SUV was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.

Court records indicate the man who has been charged in the slaying contacted police after he had driven to a gas station. The police officers arrived to the station and found the man in his vehicle with a firearm on the dashboard. The man allegedly told officers that he "did what he thought was right [because] the man tried to run me over." He also allegedly said that he may have fired more rounds than were necessary.

The man further explained that he had been driving on the highway when the other driver began driving dangerously and struck his vehicle as they were both taking an exit ramp. The man exited his vehicle with his gun and approached the SUV, where he reported that he heard the other man screaming "I am going to kill you."

The SUV subsequently began to move forward toward the man, when he claimed to open fire toward the engine block and side mirror, trying to get the driver to stop driving toward him, fearing for his life. The SUV turned into the grass and came to a stop.

While the man has been charged with second-degree murder, there are many components of this case that will require careful judicious consideration. When it comes to serious charges like these, the representation of an experienced criminal defense lawyer is invaluable for making clear that the rights of the accused parties remain protected while fighting to ensure the courts hear the case fairly.

Source: Kansas City Star, "Wichita man charged in fatal Platte County road rage shooting," Glenn E. Rice, Oct. 17, 2016

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